We had the good fortune of connecting with Felicia Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Felicia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
When I write a blog post or share a post on social media, I exchange earnest interactions with my audience. That engagement is crucial to maintaining a successful relationship with those who are drawn to what I do. I think when people find my blog, Hello Home, Girl (www.hellohomegirl.com) or my social media, (@hello_home_girl on Instagram), they see that I expose my emotional journey of grief while I work on my various DIY home projects. I am learning that so many people deal with grief, and I am grateful that they find a connection to my story. I’ve experienced growth in my reach by simply sharing my projects and grief and corresponding to those who share that reality. Success lies in the exchange of conversation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m Felicia, a DIY blogger dedicated to providing insight to budget renovations for new homeowners and hobbyists. I am NOT a professional contractor or woodworker. Rather, I represent creatives with a drive to do things themselves. By day, I am an educator; I tackle DIY projects in my time away from school! Many bloggers use the term “budget” without defining what they exactly mean. I explicitly discuss dollars and cents with the intention of taking the shame and stigma away from talking money! Many new homeowners and decor enthusiasts, especially those who were not exposed to these things throughout life (like me), can feel lost at the beginning of their journey. My interest is in speaking to the novice with good advice. I have learned that it is okay to express my feelings of grief. I have recently lost my mother and have found solace in my DIY projects. The response has been reaffirming and supportive. I feel blessed to have connected with people who have occupied that space before. Additionally, I feel great comfort knowing that my mom really liked my blog and work! My challenges lie within. I had to push past my fear of failure to begin. I have to access bravery to continue putting myself out there. Lastly, I am to overcome my heartache by continuing to create.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best thing about the DFW is, hands down, the food. I would take my best friend on an exciting gastronomic tour around the metroplex! From great sushi in Dallas, to the legendary cow fries of The Stockyards, and even the spectacular pho and Mediterranean spots of Arlington, we’d eat our way around! You can’t forget the most Texan meal of all: Whataburger! Experiencing food in this way can cultivate a true appreciation for the strength in our diversity! Moreover, as a museum nerd, I would definitely want to experience Fort Worth’s art district with my bestie. A visit to the Kimbell is an absolute must to take in both the art and architecture. After that, we would have to visit The Water Gardens, a deeply nostalgic place for me. I also love The Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas. Their exhibits are stunning, and their proximity to the DMA and Clyde Warren, as well as Dallas’ adorable trolley line, make for a fantastic visit. Driving through Oak Cliff would show another side of Dallas rarely explored by visitors. It would give me a chance to share my family’s history. Rollerblading at River Legacy or hiking at the Cedar Ridge Preserve is also on the agenda. My poor bestie would be exhausted at the end of the week, but they would be full of food and awesome memories.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate a shoutout to the loving memory of my mama, Peggy Perkins. Thank you for always supporting my dreams and loves. Thank you.